"What Are You Afraid Of?" - My Path of Safeguarding the Fa
January 9, 2002
On July 20, 1999, the administrator of our Community Office came to our home and said that the government would not let us practice Falun Gong any more. I told him the beneficial changes our family had experienced after practicing Falun Gong. He replied, "This practice is really good -- we know that. But it is the direction of our government, and we cannot do anything about it."
We continued to practice outside every day. On the morning of September 27, 1999, the secretary begged my husband, "Don't let her practice outside. Isn't it the same to practice inside? If she practices outside, I have to be responsible for her. Isn't this putting my job, even my whole life, on the line?" After I came home from the practice site, my husband, under pressure, said, "The secretary was almost in tears. Cultivators should think about others. If you practice outside again, I will drag you home by your hair." I cried upon hearing his words. I really could not understand why the government would do this.
The next day I went to the practice site with just one other fellow practitioner. It was very dark and cloudy, and the rain poured down on us. I was so sad. Under the influence of the police, our landlord refused to rent our room to us any more. We had to rent another room, which was small and dark, without any windows. The four of us were crowded in it.
Happy days do not last long. On the noon of October 15, 1999, the new neighborhood Community Officer and the police found out we were Falun Dafa practitioners. They asked me to go to the police station. There were more than ten policemen in the room. A young policeman said, with a long face, "You have to move out of our neighborhood, tomorrow! You must!" Several other policemen also shouted at me. One policeman said, "You have to leave our city!" I could not understand why the government would want to force me into homelessness. But at the same time, I knew that I had obtained the Fa. Therefore, I was not afraid of any further suffering.
The next day, the police came to chase us out. They said, "Because you practice Falun Gong, we are scared of you." I said, "I do not have any weapon. I am only a small weak old lady, and I cultivate Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance. What are you afraid of?" He answered, "We are not really afraid of you, as if you were really bad people. But we will feel better if we can get you to leave. Otherwise, we will lock your door and throw away all your things." I said, "If you do this to us, you are harming yourself. Why don't you try to know the truth of Falun Gong? Do you know that there are many scientists, professors, and the best students in universities practicing Falun Gong? Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance are the Law of our universe! It is the only standard by which to measure all the lives in the universe. Your one thought will determine your future."
During this two-hour talk, their opinions changed. At last they said, "Alright, but you cannot go to Beijing [to appeal to the government on behalf of Falun Gong]!" After that, they came in turns, trying to make me write a guarantee to stop practicing Falun Gong. The secretary said to me, "I do not feel comfortable to bother you all the time, so let me just write one for you!" I said, "I invite you to come to our home. If I have done something wrong, please point it out. It would be the same if you were to do something wrong, I would point it out for you. Let us help each other. Because you do not understand me, come over to visit me. I do not mind."
After the Spring Festival, the sternest young policeman came to talk to me, "I heard you Falun Gong practitioners know everything." I said, "The human original nature should know everything. But because we become selfish and depart from our original nature, we do not know anything now. Through learning Master's Fa, I know the truth of one's life, why people come to the world, and when we reposition ourselves through cultivation, where we should return." He asked, "I was so cruel to you, where should I be placed?" I answered peacefully, "The reason you were cruel to me is because you do not understand me. Once you know that I am a good person, you wouldn't be cruel any more even if you were asked to be. Right?" After more than an hour's talk, he enlightened a great deal, and he shed tears. I told him at last, "You have to be responsible to yourself. Do not be used by others. Your one thought towards Falun Dafa -- Truth, Compassion and Tolerance -- will determine your future." Master's profound great Law would deeply move whoever talked with me.
When people are afraid of losing their present interests, they forget to consider the fundamentals of their lives. Cultivators are responsible to tell people the truth, and to help them think from a larger point of view.